Adapted by Michael Gene Sullivan from the novel by George Orwell

Directed by Shawn Paonessa

Apr. 27 – May 20, 2018

Thu. – Sat. 8pm, Sun. 4pm

Tickets: $29.50

Preview Performances: Apr. 25 – 26 | Wed. – Thr. 8pm | Tickets: $15

Shimberg Playhouse, Straz Center for the Performing Arts

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1984 warns us with the story of Winston Smith, a small cog in the giant machine-state of Oceania. Physically and mentally under the omnipresent eye of Big Brother, Winston has been caught struggling for scraps of love and freedom in a world awash with distrust and violence. With the brutal “help” of four Party Members, Winston is forced to confess his Thoughtcrimes before an unseen Inquisitor and the audience – who act as a silent witness.

This ferocious and provocative adaptation of one of the most prescient works of literature was commissioned in 2008 by the Actor’s Gang under the direction of the Academy Award winning actor, director, screenwriter, and activist Tim Robbins. Jobsite has history here, having previously produced the Actor’s Gang/Tim Robbins play about the onset of the Iraq War, Embedded, in 2008 to high acclaim. With 1984 Jobsite follows up on the success of The Tempest’s matinee field trips for schools, this one specifically for high school audiences. Playwright Michael Gene Sullivan is a resident playwright for the San Francisco Mime Troupe and was given Stanford University’s Equity Award for using his work to achieve racial, gender, and age balance on stage. This adaptation of 1984 should not be confused with the one that ran last year on Broadway by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan.

In addition to the 17 regularly-scheduled mainstage performances we have made 12 weekday matinees available for high school students. Please call 813.222.1047 to learn more about our education outreach opportunities or to book your group of 10 or more!


1984 is made possible in part by a gift from Hal Freedman and Willi Rudowsky.

“Art often serves as a mirror to its society, but will we reach a point in the Trump era at which we’re suffering from oversaturation and dystopia fatigue? Perhaps, but [1984] remains timely – and terrifying.” – Denver Post (2018)

Show Times

Wed., Apr. 25, 2018
  • 1984 - Preview
    8:00 PMShimberg Playhouse, Straz Center

Thu., Apr. 26, 2018
  • 1984 - Preview
    8:00 PMShimberg Playhouse, Straz Center

Fri., Apr. 27, 2018
  • 1984 – Opening Night
    8:00 PMShimberg Playhouse, Straz Center

Sat., Apr. 28, 2018
  • 1984
    8:00 PMShimberg Playhouse, Straz Center

Sun., Apr. 29, 2018
  • 1984
    4:00 PMShimberg Playhouse, Straz Center

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Jobsite Theater does not offer advisories about subject matter, as sensitivities vary from person to person. If you have any questions about content, age-appropriateness or stage effects (such as strobe lights or theatrical fog) that might have a bearing on patron comfort, please contact us by email or phone at 813.476.7378.


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